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President & CEO


President & CEO


Toronto, but open to other locations in Canada


Board of Directors


Director of Development and Communications, Director of Finance and Administration, Regional Directors (ON, BC, Prairie and Atlantic), National Librarian, and Music Services Manager




Established in 1959, the Canadian Music Centre (CMC) is a vital force in the contemporary classical music scene across Canada. As national, not-for-profit organization, the CMC connects Canadians to the ever-evolving world of musical creation through performance, education, and promotion.

The Centre is passionate about nurturing a musical community and supporting the professional development of Canadian musicians and composers. The CMC provides unique resources for exploring, discovering, and performing Canadian music.  The organization holds Canada’s largest catalogue with almost 25,000 music scores and works that are made available through the Digital Library and four public lending libraries.

The CMC promotes its music catalogue throughout the world and at national and international music trade events; provides an on-demand publishing and orchestral rental service; and manages an international distribution service to libraries as well as offering professional repertoire consultations on its vast catalogue of music.  In addition, the CMC has its own record label Centrediscs and sells more than 300 recordings featuring music of its Associate Composers and other Canadian independent recording producers.

The CMC inspires fresh perspectives, celebrates inventive composers, and provides transformative experiences. The Centre champions artistic diversity and embraces Canada’s rich cultural heritage across the country and internationally.

The CMC’s national mandate is fulfilled through its five regional centres (BC, Prairies, Ontario, Québec and Atlantic) and at 

Please see Appendix for detailed goals, services, and programs.


The President and CEO (CEO) is responsible for leading the direction of the Canadian Music Centre and for the overall management of the organization. The CEO is an ambassador for the CMC and the contemporary music community, inspiring passion for CMC’s mission and vision.

Reporting to the National Board, the CEO leads the ongoing development of the CMC, and is responsible for developing and implementing its strategic goals and objectives. Working with the CMC National board, the Regional Directors and Head Office staff, the CEO develops and leads implementation of internal and external goals that reflect the organization’s vision, mission, and business plan.

As the senior publicly visible leader for the CMC, the CEO represents the organization to regulatory bodies, the music community, donors, funders, supporters, and the public.




  • Directs execution and successful achievement of the CMC’s strategic goals.
  • Responsible for the overall management of the organization and its staff.
  • Fosters relationships with core stakeholders: Composers, Connectors, and Audiences.
  • Works with the Board in the delivery of the current Strategic Plan (2019) and the development of the new plan.
  • Oversees National Board meetings with the Board Chair, as well as the Annual General meeting.
  • Manages Board Committees in conjunction with committee chairs including Finance and Audit, Development, Governance and Nominating, Accountability for Change Council, Composer and Human Resources committees.
  • Maintains a collaborative working relationship with the CMC Regional Boards and the Regional Directors to ensure the viability of CMC as a national entity.
  • Develops and ensures excellence for the Centre’s overall management and services offered to CMC patrons, clients, and CMC Associate Composers throughout Canada, working in close cooperation with the CMC Regional Directors (B.C., Prairie, Ontario, Atlantic, and Quebec).
  • Ensures CMC’s Music Publishing, Recording and Library activities are carried out in accordance with industry best practices and are conducted in an effective, efficient, and productive manner.
  • In conjunction with the Director of Finance and Administration, ensures the delivery of all accounting, budgetary and financial matters, including annual audit requirements.
  • Works with Direct Reports to develop and deliver Performance Evaluations for all staff.
  • Ensures accountable IT management, website development and maintenance.
  • Develops strategies to unlock the capital of the Toronto headquarters at 20 St. Joseph St. through partnerships and initiatives which enable the CMC to evolve its mission and mandate.

Fund Development

  • Oversees and helps develop fundraising strategies.
  • Works closely with the Director of Development and Communications in the delivery of individual giving, major gifts and endowment programs including renewals, cultivation, and stewardship.
  • Oversees the preparation of operating and project grants in collaboration with Head Office staff.
  • Provides support to Regional Directors.
  • Provides leadership to Marketing & Communications initiatives.
  • Develops and maintains a public presence for the CMC.
  • Collaborates with the Director of Development and Communications and the Regional Directors in developing communications strategies to raise the profile and awareness of the Canadian Music Centre.
  • Works with governments, arts funding agencies, and the media in promoting the importance of contemporary classical music for the benefit of Canadian society and the international stage.
  • Oversees Communications and Public Relations efforts with CMC stakeholders.

Community Outreach, Education & Artist Training

  • Represents CMC at external meetings and fulfills an advocacy role at major events such as Arts on the Hill in Ottawa.
  • Works with the National Board and Staff to develop and deliver strategies for Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Decolonization as identified in the Strategic Plan.
  • Supports the work of the Accountability for Change Council and the Indigenous Advisory Council in developing strategies to serve and support the staff and board in influencing internal stakeholders.
  • Supports the strategy around Youth Engagement to ensure successful delivery of this relatively new initiative.
  • Attends concerts, receptions, conferences, and represents CMC at public functions.

CMC Regions

  • Guides and directs Regional Directors on CMC policies, guidelines and day-to-day management issues and CMC services.
  • Holds annual face-to-face meetings with Regional Directors (including staff) to establish objectives / goals for the upcoming year.
  • Ensures program oversight for the applications for and onboarding of New Associate Composer members.



  • Experience in progressively senior roles in not-for-profit arts and culture management leadership positions or other relevant experience, particularly in an entity with a complex organization structure.
  • Leadership experience in a multi-faceted, national not-for-profit organization.
  • Knowledge or familiarity of the music genre in general and Canadian contemporary classical and concert music in particular.
  • Demonstrated understanding of and proven commitment to the values of equity, inclusion, and diversity in every facet of CMC operations.
  • An understanding of the music publishing and international distribution business.
  • An understanding of the recording and distribution business.
  • A degree or diploma in the arts or business; or equivalent experience with an emphasis in music.
  • Proven grant writing skills and fundraising expertise in attracting foundation, government, corporate and individual donors.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • The CMC is a bilingual, national organization; fluency in both official languages is a priority.
  • Experience in dealing with complex budgets and financial planning.
  • Experience with effective personnel management.
  • Familiarity in library and database management.
  • Ability to raise the visibility of the organization’s outreach and program development.
  • Facility in digital and social media environments.
  • Takes initiative, is visionary, diplomatic and innovative with a high energy level.



A competitive compensation package including base salary $110,000 and benefits, plus performance bonus.


Please apply by email with your cover letter and resume no later than September 30, 2023. Send to 

The Canadian Music Centre is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion in our working culture and in our community. We welcome and encourage applications from qualified candidates of all cultures, ethnicities, gender identities, sexual orientations, and abilities.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those advancing in the process will be contacted. 

CMC’s 2019-2024 Strategic goals are to:
1. Advance CMC leadership role in the contemporary music community
2. Continue to build an intentional organizational culture
3. Engage children and youth in a pan-Canadian music-learning program
4. Maintain fiscal stability.
5. Increase operational efficiency.

CMC serves four stakeholder groups:
1. Composers and broader composer community
2. Connectors – champions of Canadian contemporary music, performers, teachers, educators
3. Audiences
4. Authorizers – policy and decision makers, funders.

The organization delivers its mission through nine service and program areas:


1. Library Services (digital and physical)
2. Publishing, rentals and sales of exclusively Canadian composers
3. Recording and Distribution Services through its label Centrediscs
4. Communication Services


1. Education and Outreach
2. Concert presentations focusing on Canadian composers
3. Awards and showcase events
4. Export Development
5. Youth music-learning

Application Deadline: 
Saturday, September 30, 2023
Type of Work: 
Full Time
Education Level: 
University (Undergraduate)
Prefered Method(s) of Application: 
By E-Mail

Employer Details

Canadian Music Centre

Searchlight Partners
20 St. Joseph St
Toronto, ON M4Y 1J9

Established in 1959, the Canadian Music Centre (CMC) is a vital force in the contemporary classical music scene across Canada. As national, not-for-profit organization, the CMC connects Canadians to the ever-evolving world of musical creation through performance, education, and promotion.